Golden Fantasies: Japanese Screens from New York Collections
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Cherry Blossom and Maple Viewing
Edo period (1615–1868), mid-17th century
Pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, and gold on paper
The Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation
Cat. no. 8

People are portrayed here enjoying the respective delights of nature in spring and autumn. In the right screen it is spring and an aristocratic lady and her companions compose poetry beneath the gorgeous cherry blossoms. Some men hold a drinking party on a hill in the foreground, and women and children collect flowers at the left. In the left screen it is autumn, where a gentleman is inspired by the rich fall landscape to compose verses. Servants prepare a meal for his party, and other small groups make merry on the right.

The screens present an imaginary landscape rather than a specific place, depicting an idealized vision of outdoors amusements. The painter may have been a commercial town-painter, but seems to have been familiar with the style of Tawaraya Sôtatsu.

Screen 8
The screens will be rotated on April 6, 2004 First rotation Second rotation